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Works (?) Thomas Girtin

Richmond Castle

1797 - 1798


(?) Thomas Girtin (1775-1802)
  • Richmond Castle
1797 - 1798
Medium and Support
Graphite and watercolour on paper
27 × 40 cm, 10 ⅝ × 15 ¾ in
Object Type
Studio Watercolour
Subject Terms
Castle Ruins; River Scenery; Yorkshire View

Catalogue Number
Description Source(s)
Sale Catalogue


Henry McConnel (1801–71); Grundy & Smith; bought by Charles E. Lees (1840–94), 1872; his widow, Sarah-Anne Lees; her posthumous sale, Christie's, 24 April 1936, lot 71; bought by the Fine Art Society, London, £12 12s

Exhibition History

Fine Art Society, 1936, no.69

About this Work

Richmond Castle

This watercolour has not been seen since it last appeared on the art market in 1936. It has the same dimensions as Richmond Castle and Bridge (TG1064) and may therefore depict the same view, but it was not included in Thomas Girtin (1874–1960) and David Loshak’s catalogue, and, because no photograph is known to exist, neither the precise subject nor the attribution can be confirmed (Girtin and Loshak, 1954). It is just possible that the work has been confused with another view of Richmond Castle that also passed through the hands of the Fine Art Society (see figure 1). Larger in size, and showing a different view of Richmond from further upriver, this does not appear to be the work of Girtin, despite the signature to the right, which must, therefore, be a forgery.

1796 - 1797

Richmond Castle and Bridge, from the River Swale


by Greg Smith

Place depicted

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